It was hot outside on Friday afternoon when Shawna Harch happened upon a dog’s cries coming from inside of a parked car in Portland, Oregon. According to KGW News, Harch could see a small dog locked inside of a crate in the parked Mercedes.
Whoever left the little dog inside of the car failed to even leave the windows cracked and it was apparent that the dog was distressed in the heat. Harch tried to find the dog’s owners, and then she tried to set off the vehicle’s alarm, but failed.
Desperate to save the dog from suffering any further, Harch took matters into her own hands – she found a car jack and began to beat on the window of the Mercedes. Other people in the area told her to hit the corner of the window to shatter it and finally, she succeeded – busting out the window and pulling the crated dog out to fresh, cooler air.
The dog’s owners finally came outside from an apartment complex nearby – they were surprised that the dog didn’t have enough cool air inside of the car. Harch was not criticized by the dog’s owners for breaking out the window of the Mercedes – instead, they thanked her for rescuing the dog.
One day before Harch was forced to make the life-or-death choice to bust a window to save the dog, a law was passed in Oregon allowing people to break out a window to rescue a pet or child from a hot vehicle.
People who find themselves faced with the decision are supposed to call 9-1-1 and notify the authorities first – in Harch’s case, she did phone the authorities first. She made the decision to take matters into her own hands after she was advised that it would take awhile for the police to arrive at the scene.
(Screenshot via KGW News)
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